April 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

Well… better late than never right?   I am sooo sorry it took so long to get this months challenge up… but I hope you enjoy the fab projects and …our April Crafty Awesomeness Sponsor.

It’s a double trouble  sponsor month.  Not only do we have our regular monthly Bugaboostamps challenge which starts on the 15th of each month….   this month, to celebrate the opening of the  the new store… We have Bugaboostamps.  So all you Bugaboostamp fans.. you have twice the chance to  show off your projects and win some free stamps.  This is of course an anything goes as usual.

If you haven’t already checked out the new store.. you really should.

Ok .. I am going to pop the previous winner in  a separate post which should be  up hopefully.. tomorrow??? assuming no more personal disasters strike this month. This challenge will run through till the end of the month as always… and of course I will extend the claim time for last months winners due to the late announcement this month.

so  moving on swiftly as I still have to   write my own project post too….. here are the fun projects the  DT team made up using  4 of the newly added Retiring bundles.   We got  4 to play with and all chose one… some of the ladies will be adding in additional projects throughout the month… so be sure to check back and see what they have been up to.

NanaDonna  had  AKV BBQ set and she  made these two cute cards  which you can  find over at her Blog  nanadonnascarddreams













Merrie had a set called  AKV Birthday Set and you can see her  cards over on her blog Made by Merrie














and then we have the  the lovely Ms DeeScraps who had the AKV earth Day set and she  made these  fab cards to share with you all over at DeeScraps Corner

















and lastly.. I will be sharing mine later today… sorry my lil guy is having a rough night and needs some mommy snuggles.  As usual guess who ended up with the religious set…AKV God set.  Now most of you already know.. It’s not “my thing”,  but I did actually have a lot of fun with this set and I love how they turned out.  I had to be the black sheep again and didn’t make cards lol…I made some bookmarks and they will be winging their way to Canada for a little girl  I know to abandon.


Well I hope you enjoy  this challenge again this month, looking forward to seeing  all of the fab projects and  I hope you enjoyed ours ūüôā

rules .. we need rules….and prize details….

Prize:   4 Bugaboostamps of your choice…

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Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we‚Äôd love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to‚Ķ that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter‚Ķ but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft‚Ķtotally unenforcible rule‚Ķ but heh.
  • **UPDATED ‚Äď Winners must claim by the 15th of the month.  These posts are shared  on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don‚Äôt miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc ‚Ķ do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home‚Ķ that won‚Äôt take long usually.

Another fun digital stamp… Sugar Plum, or Nutcracker?

I love this one…. it just made me smile. We’re all so worried about appearances and what is socially acceptable nowadays and fitting in… who the hell wants to just “fit in”????

..and this image, “Ballerina Lady” by Gordon Fraser just screams

I LOVE LIFE !

No matter what shape, size, age, color or even color of your hair..tattoos, no tattoos, peircings, no peircings…… grab life by the ..’Nutcrackers’ and enjoy it.. you only get one.

Colored with Chameleon Pens on
Canson Mix Media Paper
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Easy Chalkboard Vinyl humorous signs

I needed a break from cleaning up and had a play with some fun signs.. nothing major, just some fun signs with some fun images. I popped a square piece of Cohas Adhesive Chalkboard Vinyl onto an 8×8 wood canvas/blank and added some of the fun images I got from CraftsUPrint designer Gordon Fraser. ¬†These were watercolored using Gansai Tambi paints ¬†and H2o brushes¬†on Canson Mix Media Paper.

It’s really easy to ¬†swap images in and out…. if you don’t want to keep a permanent image on it, just use a 2 way temporary bond glue. ¬†Great way to make motivational signs for yourself, or other family members. ¬†I just ¬†wrote on mine with blue and white Zig wet wipe Chalk Markers, which cleans right off with a wet rag. You could of course use a more permanent pen which they also ¬†make, that comes off with window cleaner. ¬†I deliberately didn’t prime my chalk pens, to keep it more ¬†rustic and not so¬†intense.

This vinyl comes in 12×12 sheets, or pre-cut labels in various shapes. ¬†I like the 12×12 sheets ¬†because I can cut this on my Cricut Explore if I want something a bit fancy and also write on it on my Cricut.. because let’s face it, my handwriting sucks haha…. or pop it in a 12×12 Scrapbook page frame if I want something bigger. ¬†I have the labels too and they are awesome for ¬†labeling jars etc with my lil man as gifts.. lots of fun shapes.

When I want a more permanent sign, I confess I usually  run it through my Cricut first to add the text..

 

Cohas Chalkboard vinyl 12 x12 sheets (formerly Ziggyboard)

Zig Chalk Pens

Zig 2 way glue

H2o Brush

Gansai Tambi

beach-dudess digital stamp

Right now you can get access to the Treasure chest ¬†with a ¬†¬£15 ¬†order, plus ¬£5 voucher on orders over ¬£15 ( ends 27/3). 24 hour vault access and free mothers day clipart.. as well as the usual bonus game and entry into the Bob Pot Prize…

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New cut files, lacy bands, cityscape, dots and backgrounds

I just finished up a few of the new cut files I got from CraftsUPrint the other week.. before the birthday shenanigans descended upon us LOL. What a week that was.. full of fun and games and Lego.. and cake… and a lot of Ice cream lol. But now it’s time to get back to my crafting and coloring.

Ok first up.. this is just a quickie plain card, no sentiment or foreground image.. but you could most certainly add them if and when you wanted to. I was just experimenting with inky skies and this fab new CityScape cut file I picked up. To be honest I have a larger project on the go right now using this… but it won’t be done for a bit. ¬†But this will give you an idea of how cool this CityScape is. cuts beautifully on my Cricut, even with all the window detail it has. ¬†There are some tiny nail bling rhinestones on this but they didn’t show up so well in this photo..

This is¬†Cityscape City Skyline, Night Sky for card and vinyl ¬†by Tina Fallon, mine is cropped slightly at the ends…. ¬†so ¬†check the link for the complete image.

NEXT !!
Lacy Ribbons 1 with spiral roses by Clive Coulter.  This is a 3 cut set.. 2 ribbons and the spiral roses.  I used one of the ribbons to create a background strip on this card along with one of the new frames I made with the new Gina Marie Designs Dies

DOUBLE PIERCED CIRCLE IN AND OUT CUT DIE SET

and  the

MINI HEART LACE CIRCLE DIE SET

..and A Power Poppy Image “Dancing with Daffodils” which I colored with Chameleon Pens. ¬†I attached it all with Zig 2 way glue..yay for no wet warp! ¬†lol

NEXT

Ok.. this one was just me playing with new stuff I ¬†have.. love this cut file, it reminds me of Morrocco for some reason… ¬†and I had some liquid pearls I picked up on clearance a while back.. ¬†so ¬†I ¬†was tinkering around. ¬†This is Compass Pattern by Lizzie Mayne¬† ¬†I added some My little paper world stitched corners and some jade liquid pearls
and lastly.. just having some fun with the latest batch of freebies I got in the Treasure chest.. who doesn’t love cup cakes huh? ¬†the base card is ¬†FANCY CARD 11¬†by¬†Apetroae Stefan and ¬†the sentiment and cupcake are from the Treasure Chest Freebies you can select when you spend $15 ¬†or more ( $10 when on offer ) ¬†I only used the top two layers of the Decoupage .. so I still have the bottom layer for another project ¬†ūüôā

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Bugaboo Crafty Challenge No.3 ….and previous winners

Another fab selection of projects again this past month.. thank you to everyone who joined in.  So are all you Bug fans excited about the new store that is coming?, I can’t wait to see it up and running.    From the sneaky peeks I have seen, it’s gonna be awesome.

Big thank you to Jodi who is our sponsor for this fun new monthly challenge dedicated to all things Bugaboo Stamps.

Before I get to  the winner from Challenge No.2 and .. an alternate winner for No.1 which was not claimed…I wanted to thank the DT ladies for another fabulous set of projects for this new challenge.

DeeScraps

Merrie

NanaDonna

MsWipz









WINNERS !!! WINNERS !!!! WINNER !!!!   You have till  April 14th to claim. Please contact me at MsWipz to claim

 

 

Alternate winner for unclaimed No.1 challenge is

Winner for No.2 Challenge is

Thank you for all the fabulous entries…. looking forward to another  bunch of fab projects this month.

Here are the rules.

 

  • Must feature a Bugaboo Stamps image as the main image of the project.
  • You can  make any type of craft project as long as it falls within the guidelines of Bugaboo Stamps TOU ( Terms Of Use ‚Äď  see site for details if unsure )
  • You must link back to the Bugaboo Image you used in your blog post, as well as to this blog challenge.
  • You have till the end of the following challenge to claim your prize ( 14th of each month ).  Unclaimed prizes will  be re-picked on the 15th, and a new winner notified.  ie : you win January..  winners picked on  Feb 15th‚Ķmust claim by March 14th‚Ķ if no one claims new winner drawn March 15th‚Ķ NO EXCEPTIONS. winner‚Äôs will be posted on the blog, please be sure to subscribe for updates, or check back to see the winners.
  • Limit of 3 entries per person, can be entered in unlimited other challenges.
  • Prize: 4 single image digital stamps from the  bugaboostamps collection
  • Winner will be randomly selected, unless otherwise noted
  • I reserve the right to modify the rules as necessary at any point in the future.
  • Last, but not least‚Ķ HAVE FUN !!!  that‚Äôs what it‚Äôs all about.. right?

Cricut March Madness Box . 3 11/15 and …stuff

Are you ready for Box 3? The new box is SUPPLIES…. and we all need those right?

The contents of this box are  going to cost $34.99 and are valued  at $89.91 …. Ok so ..what is in the box.. by all accounts from what I can see.. so guarantees….BUT.. 2 rolls of window cling, 3 rolls of glitter vinyl, a roll of adhesive foil, 3 pearlescent paper sample packs in neutral, pastels and bold colors. All things I don’t have and really would like to play with… hurry up pay day. Quantities are limited so grab it while you can.


Cricut March Mystery Box #3 – Supplies

Free shipping at Cricut with code MYSTERYMARCH

Get $14.99 Flat Rate Shipping to Canada on all orders $50+

10% off + free standard shipping with code LOVECRICUT (EXCLUDES AIR 2 and CRICUT ACCESS)


Have you seen the Cricut Mint Machine Bundle…?  check out that price and all the goodies that come with it.  I am so coveting the new Explore 2… I would love one of these.   If you are totally new to Cricut, which is rare nowadays… but always a possibility..   There are so many cool things you can do with these machines…way beyond what Cricut even show you. Card making, scrapbooking, home decor, kids crafts, personalized clothing, gifts, packaging…… just  the tip of the iceberg.



We had one member on the message board who made all of the signs  for his re-enactment group.

Me.. I bought mine to make custom photo mats then got hooked ..and there is still a tonne of things I haven’t even tried yet.

One of my favorite  things about my Cricut is the aftermarket Adapters I bought,  which sadly are not available for the ONE.. but they are available for the Explore, Explore Air and Air 2 and those are  FANTASTIC. these are pen adapters for the Circut by a company called Chomas Creations and they allow you to expand the range of pens you can use in your Cricut.  For people like me..that is HUGE…it has opened up a whole new world of potential projects that I wouldn’t normally attempt because my handwriting is terrible and my calligraphy skills.. non existent lol.  But not just that..  that means I can draw with so many more pens than before…




One of my favorites and one of the most popular pins on my pinterest page is this.. the powder embossing done on the Explore. Yup.. POWDER EMBOSSING drawn on the Cricut.









This allows me to take  designs and instead of cutting them, I can draw them and emboss them.. LOVE LOVE LOVE this.  There are other embossing pens, including one I made myself.. but these Zig Embossing pens coupled with the Chomas Adapter.. SWEET !!!




















Anyone who is a regular on here knows how much I love my Zip pens.. and  most all of them will work in my Cricut with the adapter… with the exception of the  big chalk pens. But that is ok…. because I can outline on the Cricut then trace over it with my bigger pens when I want to do chalk signs.  Way better than anything I could ever achieve by hand.





And of course.. the ..  how could I not share what is probably my favorite paper to use on the Cricut.. this stuff is AWESOME.



It cuts beautifully, looks and feels amazing and gives a little extra something something to projects.



These projects were done with Black Velvet paper, but it comes in a bunch of other colors.. including white, which I love to print and color digital stamps on.


















Did I mention stencils…  check out this etched glass beer stein I made a couple of years ago using a stencil I made and cut on the Cricut. This was for one of our message board challenges. I  Just cut my stencil from vinyl, slapped it on..slapped on etching cream and voila.. a fun beer mug  ūüôā

 









…so by now, if you are new to the Cricut….you are probably beginning to realize the Cricut can do a lot more than just use images on cartridges and on Design Space Access…. Yup you can upload your own designs or designs purchased elsewhere. Card templates, toppers, digital stamps.  I’ve  got a confession… I don’t subscribe to Access, I own probably 10 cartridges.. and I use my Cricut to make a lot of cool projects.   So if the price of Access, or the designs not being to your taste is something that was holding you back ..  never fear… this machine still has a lot to offer.

Print and Cut is fantastic, and when the DS3 ( Design Space update) comes out soon… it’s going to be even better.  I for one.. can’t wait.  DS3 has so many cool new features… admittedly there are still some things I would love to have added on…  because I am used to having them in my graphics programs.. but it’s not a big deal to do it externally and then upload them.

Check out some of these fun projects done using Cricut Print and cut…

KennyK Stamps key holder

3D layered Cute As A Button Slate Wall Plaque

 

 

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Sneaky Peek.. You’ve been Framed !

So.. ready for a sneaky peek at a few more  fancy frames using the Gina Marie Designs Die Collection?  As you can tell I added a few more fun die sets to my collection this week .. so now I have even MORE combinations I can make up and play with.

I just ordered my final missing ¬†die that I REALLY wanted for this project, the Dot Stud Rectangles. ¬† The Dot Studs are the ones with the larger circle cuts…I have the circles now..as you can see in the picture and ¬†already had squares, but Rectangles were ¬†out of stock and I ¬†REALLY REALLY like ¬†the Dot Studs, so I had to go¬†hunt a set down. ¬†I think these are my favorite of all the IN/Out dies…. ¬†I hope that gets here soon.

There are so many combinations for this technique… and it’s such a great way to get a Bonus cut from your in and outs… expect to see these ¬†A LOT in projects ūüôā

“Poppy Fairy” Matted art in Pencil

This one was a ¬†lot of work, but I love how she turned out. ¬†She was printed on a 9×12 piece of Canson Mixed Media Paper and colored with Crayola Color Escapes, the ¬†new¬†“Grown up Crayolas” as I like to call them. ¬† She is part of the New Release collection for March over at Cute As A Button this month. ¬†I added a black photo mat to¬†this and will frame it ¬†and gift it to someone.

Go check out all the fun new images and don’t forget to pop on over and check out the Inspiration Blog & Facebook Group for new challenges ūüôā

 

Crayola Color Escapes

 

 

 

Canson Mix Media 9×12icon

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Christmas card with Black Velvet Poinsettia panel

I love how this one turned out … ¬† this is another one of my CraftsUPrint cut files ¬†from a recent purchase.

I used the single panel for this design and cut it from SEI Black Velvet Paper. I adhered it to a sheet of Canson Mix Media and colored the panel with Zig Clean Color markers I trimmed it to size and inked the edges. I made a 5.5×8.5 card base with 110lb card stock with a black boho cut layer and a red and white polka dot layer and popped the image topper on that. I added a corner die cut by My Little Paper World.

What I love about this design is that the negative left after the main cut on my Cricut Explore is equally stunning and would be perfect for another project, or to make a matching envelope. I hate wasting paper.. but specially this Velvet lol..so it’s fabulous for this type of project..
Supplies:

BARGAIN ALERT
Currently the 12×12 Velvet paper is available online at Michaels for $1 per sheet instead of $1.99.

Crafts U Print Cut file “DL Filigree Framed Foliage Z card

Cricut Explore

Zig Clean Color pens ( water based )

Zig Photo Tape

Zig 2 way glue

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Velvet Paper detail on over edge tree card

I don’t know why exactly, but I loved this design the minute I saw it and had to grab it. This is one of my recent CUP cut files by¬†Judith Henry called “Seasonal Tree Silhouette”

This is a super simple card… I just took the design, cut the card base and inked it up in this old letter style background using a couple of text stamps I have. ¬†I added on the green foliage layer which is cut from 65lb Recollections green card and then popped a beautiful velvet paper cut tree on top using black SEI velvet paper (see below) ¬†which you can pick up at Michaels in black or red. Velvet paper is great for these intricate cuts, the paper cuts like a dream on my Cricut Explore and I love using this. Add on the fact it just feels so dang cool and adds a little extra something something to your cards. The design does come with birds too, but I chose not to add those to this project… but you can see them on the original design.

BARGAIN ALERT
Currently the 12×12 Velvet paper is available online at Michaels for $1 per sheet instead of $1.99.

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